Tired of pulling out your phone and realizing your battery is about to die? Techlicious' Elizabeth Harper's article, "What's Draining Your Android Battery?" lists some steps you can take to conserve battery power. You can read her article here.
Did you buy a new phone? Don't just throw your old one out, there may be sensitive data on it. Fox Van Allen's article, "Study: Wiping Your Android Phone Doesn't Erase All Your Data" details a new study from security firm AVAST. They purchased 20 used Android smartphones and found that “From just 20 phones, we found over 40,000 pieces of very personal information,” But don't worry, there are apps that can clean your phone for you. Allen lists a couple of them in his article. You can read about them here.
Many of you may remember taking the Bar Exam in Columbus at Veterans Memorial building. However, Vet's, which has served as exam HQ for over 50 years, is going to be demolished. As a result, the Ohio Supreme Court is moving the Bar Exam to the Columbus Convention Center starting with this month's July exam. Click here to listen to an interview containing more information on the history of Vet's and the exam.
Move over computer virus, there's a new threat in town: Ransomware. This virus will lock you out of your computer files until you pay up. CNNMoney's Jose Pagliery, in his article "The new plague: Computer viruses that extort you" writes "Ransomware, a particularly annoying breed of computer virus, is spreading like the plague." You can read his article here.
Worried about your digital "footprint"? Can you even remember how many accounts you have? In her Techlicious article, Natasha Stokes writes "With our digital footprints expanding, we are relaying more personal data than ever to trackers, hackers and marketers with and without our consent. Are we sharing too much? Do we have the right not to be tracked? Is withdrawing from the Internet entirely to preserve your privacy even possible?" She addresses each of those issues in her article "How to Delete Yourself from the Internet". You can read the whole article here.
On Wednesday the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest. In his article in the New York Times, Adam Liptakjune writes "While the decision will offer protection to the 12 million people arrested every year, many for minor crimes, its impact will most likely be much broader." You can read the rest of his article here.
The Cleveland Law Library recently purchased a number of new books, including Stress Management for Lawyers, the OSBA Legal Technology Conference, and the new edition of Black's Law Dictionary (10th ed.). Other new titles which are now listed in our catalog and which our members can check out and take back to their offices include:
Fiduciary income tax Class action roundup: the latest developments in state and federal court How to prepare for FATCA if you are a nonfinancial U.S. company Trial technology workshop Guardianships Financial planning for lawyers Bankruptcy fundamentals Professionalism, law office management, and client funds management and getting a grip on your student loans 21st annual Bradley J. Schaeffer Real Property Institute: new developments in real property law Effective legal negotiation and settlement Fear factor: how good lawyers get into bad ethical trouble Must-have intelligence for "tenured" attorneys Fifth Annual Great Lakes Antitrust Institute Demystifying employer retirement plans Health care law Introduction to domestic relations practice Finance for lawyers Adobe Acrobat for lawyers Demystifying intellectual property: a guide for the nonspecialist Avoiding malpractice: the good, the bad, and the ugly of legal technology iPad for litigators and fight the paper: the pathway to a productive, paperless law practice
Three cheers for Judge Matia and the Cuyahoga County Drug Court. A recent article on cleveland.com described the joyous graduation ceremony for 25 individuals who passed a rigorous, year-long Drug Court Program that allowed them to get clean and rebuild their lives. It will also allow them to avoid jail time and have their drug convictions expunged. The Drug Court Program has been been operating since 2009, and over 300 people have successfully passed through its doors. The mission of the Drug Court is stated on its website as:
"Stop the abuse of alcohol and other drugs and related criminal activity. Drug courts promote recovery through a coordinated response to offenders dependent on alcohol and other drugs. Realization of these goals requires a team approach, including cooperation and collaboration of the judges, prosecutors, defense counsel, probation authorities, other corrections personnel, law enforcement, pretrial services agencies, TASC programs, evaluators, an array of local service providers, and the greater community”
The IRS has adopted a Taxpayer Bill of Rights which it says "groups the dozens of existing rights in the Internal Revenue Code into ten fundamental rights, and makes these rights more clear, more understandable, and more quickly available to taxpayers." The rights include:
1) The right to be informed; 2) The right to quality service; 3) The right to pay no more than the correct amount of tax; 4) The right to challenge the IRS's position and be heard; 5) The right to appeal an IRS decision in an independent forum; 6) The right to finality; 7) The right to privacy; 8) The right to confidentiality; 9) The right to retain representation; and 10) The right to a fair and just tax system.
Click here for more information on the Bill of Rights and your rights in IRS processes.